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Wednesday 11 December 2019

Diversity can help stave off paralysis - Qantas CEO Joyce

Alan Joyce, chief executive officer of Qantas Airways. Photo: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg
Alan Joyce, chief executive officer of Qantas Airways. Photo: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Having diversity in an organisation "makes all the difference", according to Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce.

"You have to have good people around you to debate [you], and I'm a big believer in that diversity and inclusion go hand-in-hand," the Dublin native said on RTÉ radio's 'Sunday with Miriam' yesterday.

Employing people who are "willing to speak up" is key for a business, and helps avoid running the risk of "analysis paralysis," he said.

Mr Joyce, who has previously confirmed he will remain in the CEO role until at least 2022, has made a number of difficult decisions since taking on the top job at Qantas, including slashing 5,000 jobs in a major cost-cutting bid.

The executive, who once worked at Aer Lingus after graduating from Trinity College Dublin, was appointed chief executive of Qantas in 2008. Prior to that he spent five years heading up its low-fares arm, Jetstar.

He played a prominent role in the 2017 campaign for marriage equality down under.

Irish Independent

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